Date: Sat, 25 May 1996 15:26:00 -0400
From: "David A. Johns" djohns[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AFN.ORG
Subject: Re: "took a shine to"
At 10:24 AM 5/25/96 -0500, you wrote:
he "took a shine to exercising". I've only heard this once before in my
life. Any idea how this came about, and what it really means?
I don't know where it came from, but I've heard it all my life as an
expression meaning to like something immediately.
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)
I've heard it all my life, and I grew up in New England. But it doesn't
sound quite right applied to an activity; I think I would use it only of
people. I also seem to have a sense that the "shine" was unexpected, as in
an adult taking a shine to an unruly child.